[open-science] Fwd: Should scientific text be put in the public domain rather than licensed with CC-BY?

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Jan 12 13:53:38 UTC 2011


On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM, Marius Kempe <m.kempe at qmul.ac.uk> wrote:

> Peter Murray-Rust sent me this message, which has an interesting point that
> I had not considered - that licenses serve mainly to incentivize publishing
> organizations to share science in an acceptable way. I think this
> is debatable however; Green Open Access may rise, for example, as well
> online self-publishing, blogs, etc. Moreover, CC0 brings so much clarity to
> the scientific re-use process at so little cost (a blurb and a link) that it
> seems a shame not to use it.

No, my point was that a licence could stop a publisher from appropriating
and restricting work that was not their own. I don't think it acts as any
incentive. Licences may gently help to change academic culture if people see
enough of them - but there are other ways of spreding the word.

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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